The Duke's Men (Yale)

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The Duke's Men of Yale

A "doox" pin
Background information
Years active 1952–present
Composition All-Male
School Yale University
Organization Type Collegiate

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The Duke's Men of Yale are an all-male a cappella group at Yale University. Named after Basil Duke Henning, the master of Saybrook College, a past Whiffenpoof, and member of Wolf's Head, the group (sometimes known as "Da Doox") was founded in 1952, initially as an octet of underclassmen in Saybrook. Parker Towle '55, and Paul Thompson '55 were the main organizers, and they recruited Walt Farrier '54 as the group's first musical director. Farrier arranged most of the group's early songs.

The group sings "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," its alumni song, at the end of most of its concerts.


[edit] Competitions

The Duke's Men have been successful in a number of competitions, most notably the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. In 1996, the Duke's Men were the best male group and won first runner-up honors at the ICCA Finals at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, along with awards for soloist Michael Sagalowicz (solo: "I'll Back You Up") and arrangement ("Where Is Love," arranged by Alex Funk).[1]

In 2005, the group took first place in the New England regional championship of the ICCA.[2][3]

Most recently, the group took first place in the 2009 Northeast Quarterfinal, with member Sam Tsui ('11) receiving accolades for Best Solo & Best Choreography. They performed a cover of Rihanna's "Umbrella" [1] and won again at the Northeast Semi-Final at MIT on March 21, and came in 4th place at the Finals at Alice Tully Hall on April 18, 2009.

[edit] Members


Today, the ensemble includes between fifteen and twenty underclassmen.

Most members join the group as freshmen and sing through the end of their junior year, although some join as sophomores. The group's repertoire includes jazz, soul, classical, show tunes, and popular music. There have been over 350 Duke's Men since 1952.

Class of 2017 (Active Singers 2013-2014)

  • Solon Snider (PP)
  • Trey Pernell
  • Simon Schaitkin
  • Mack Ramsden
  • Zachary Johnson

Class of 2016 (Active Singers 2013-2014)

  • Chris Camp
  • Truett Davis
  • Grant Fergusson
  • Chris Peters
  • Christian Probst

Class of 2015 (Active Singers 2013-2014)

  • Derwin Aikens (W '15)
  • Jamie Bogyo (W '15)
  • Elliah Heifetz (W '15)
  • DJ Stanfill (W '15)
  • Jackson Thea (W '15)
  • Jake Van Leer (W '15)

Class of 2014

  • Terrence Chin-Loy
  • Nimal Eames-Scott (W '14)
  • Benji Goldsmith (W '14)
  • Alex Ratner (W '14)
  • Mark Trapani (W '14)

Class of 2013

  • Alejo Caron (W '13)
  • James Dieffenbach
  • Henry Gottfried (W '13)
  • Brandon Hayse (W '13)
  • Reuben Hendler (W '13)
  • Nate Janis

Class of 2012

  • Michael Blume (W '12)
  • Alex Fayette (W '12)
  • Paul Holmes
  • Jeremy Lloyd (W '12)
  • David Mogilner
  • Raphael Shapiro (W '12)

Class of 2011

  • Cory Finley
  • Micah Hendler (W '11)
  • Sean Hilton
  • Sam Tsui
  • Ben Wexler (W '11)

Class of 2010

  • Bobb Fischbeck (W '10)
  • Jeff Hudson (W '10)
  • Jake Meyer
  • John Riley
  • Nathan Soffio
  • William Stroupe

Class of 2009

  • Casey Breves (W '09)
  • Jay Frisby (W '09)
  • Brian Mummert (W '09)
  • Jesse Obbink (W '09)
  • Elliot Watts (W '09)

[edit] Alumni

Notable Alumni include:

  • Casey Breves, member of Chanticleer
  • Richard Brookhiser, Historian and journalist
  • Chuck Coleman, jazz-pop singer-songwriter
  • Django Haskins, singer-songwriter and frontman of pop-noir musical group The Old Ceremony
  • Conor Knighton, host of Google Current
  • Paul Matsumoto, opera singer
  • Devon Michaels, recurring character on Gilmore Girls
  • Ted Schillinger, director of Breaking Vegas and Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead
  • Sam Tsui, YouTube Celebrity
  • Holcombe Waller, singer-songwriter and visual/performing artist

[edit] Discography

[edit] Busted (2012)

  1. There's Hope
  2. The One to Walk Away
  3. And So It Goes
  4. Rolling in the Deep
  5. Ego
  6. It Started in the Winter
  7. Lindisfarne
  8. Singin' in the Rain
  9. Landslide
  10. Flying Home
  11. You Don't Know What Love Is
  12. Gravity
  13. The Way You Make Me Feel
  14. What a Good Boy (2012)
  15. Let It Be
  16. Call Me Maybe
  17. Valerie

[edit] The Chase (2010)

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  1. Comin' Home Baby
  2. I'll Back You Up (2010)
  3. The Quickest Road
  4. I Believe
  5. Your Move
  6. Get Away Jordan
  7. Either Way (2010)
  8. Come Fly With Me
  9. Steal Away
  10. This Woman's Work
  11. Who Loves You / Who's Lovin' You
  12. Plane
  13. She's Always a Woman
  14. Gone (2010)
  15. Ain't No Sunshine
  16. Rocksteady
  17. What a Good Boy (2010)
  18. Party in the U.S.A.

[edit] What a Trip (2008)

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  1. Grazing in the Grass
  2. Silver Thunderbird
  3. When You Come Back Down
  4. For Once in My Life
  5. Love You I Do
  6. Take Me to the Pilot
  7. I Don't Want to Be
  8. Surprise Surprise
  9. City of Blinding Lights
  10. Come Around
  11. Through the Fire
  12. Umbrella

[edit] A Smooth Ride (2008)

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[edit] D.O.O.X. (2006)

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  1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  2. I'll Back You Up (2006)
  3. What a Good Boy (2006)
  4. Daughter
  5. Carolina in My Mind
  6. Lulu's Back in Town
  7. Gonna Build a Mountain
  8. The Obvious Child
  9. My Funny Valentine
  10. Glory Bound
  11. Good Vibrations
  12. Kissing a Fool
  13. I Want You Back
  14. Everybody Here Wants You
  15. Candleburn
  16. Either Way (2006)
  17. Get Set
  18. Gone (2006)

[edit] Nobody's Business (2004)

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